For those of you that read my original "Food for the Soul - Make the Circle Bigger" post... tonight seemed like a good night to grow the circle... It's Tuesday evening and is supposed to be Winter here in Cape Town, but the sun was out to play all day long - which as any thoroughbred South African will know...this means BRAAI TIME! (any excuse for a braai really...) and there are two perfect accompaniments for a braai...
There is a difference between being a kind, considerate individual and being a doormat. I have all the time in the world for honestly GOOD people… that have back bones! – In fact – I might be so bold as to basket myself alongside those… but I have a very low to zero tolerance for people that simply never seem to stand up for themselves but perpetuate their situation...
Nobody wants their child to be an over confident cocky brat, but every parent wants their child to hold a healthy level of confidence. When I was a kid, I had no problems with public speaking and even won 'best speaker of the school' once upon a time, but as I got older and life shared all its trials, tribulations and experiences with me, I lost that confidence somewhere along the line…
I am not generally one to go out of my way to follow what is headlining the news and many people raise their eyebrows or roll their eyes at me when I mention this, but guess what – it is a choice - which I am perfectly happy with.
Tonight I feel like a five year old child on Christmas Eve. It is 8.30pm and I am in bed!
(I know, Right?!) Dinner, laundry, lunches, homework – check! Electric blanket on, the last of my glass of wine on my bedside table, son fast asleep and mom - headphones in and laptop where it belongs… on lap! Haha!
Before I get to the 15 blog posts that I have nominated for this award, I would just like to say a HUGE thank you to Emily of Holden Down The Fort for taking the time to read my submissions and nominating me for the Blogger Recognition Award! I have only recently re-entered the world of blogging, so this was totally unexpected and a wonderful surprise indeed!
Bloody hell, stress is STRESSFUL! Those two little words "stress & anxiety" – or emotions rather, can activate an entire personality within you, taking one particular situation or state of mind and literally turning it on its head – so much so, that you can honestly reach a point of wishing that a hole in the ground would swallow you up – or even better, you could cover your eyes like a 5 year old and practice the “if I can’t see you, you can’t see me” routine…
Well – the hole in the ground probably isn’t a very good idea, but the latter is not impossible and is a great idea!
With most of us ladies being career driven these days, it can become overwhelming at times to keep a level head when it comes to managing all the ‘other’ responsibilities which come hand in hand with motherhood and family life – no, seriously – do the clothes in my house have something against me that they need me to repeatedly clean them?! Haha! – EVERYDAY is laundry day in my house! Literally! – But, it makes my OCD heart happy, and that generally means that everyone else around me is happier too… smile and wave, smile and wave…
Bangers and Mash is one of my all time favourite comfort foods ! No question! It is so yummy and SO EASY!! My take on this traditional recipe is GREATLY popular amongst my family and friends as it comes with "bonus features" hehe.... and whilst it generally consists of sweet potato mash these days (carb conscious and all) - it can swing either way and is equally decadent!
“It doesn’t matter what size you are,” said the owl. “Just use your brains and you will find that you are big enough to do anything.
“My child is honestly, just SO, uniquely intelligent!” – Said every mother, every day, everywhere in the world. #truestory. Haha! And every single mother on planet earth is correct! We are all born with a unique and amazing combination of gifts at our disposal - and as a mother it is a truly amazing and on-going delight to watch these talents, gifts and skills unfolding in their lives - and ours.
Perhaps it is just me and the way things have repeatedly unfolded in my life, but I find it funny, how (often) as women, when we are single, we are enormously independent. We could literally take on the world. We are intelligent, passionate go-getters and very driven! - Yet when we enter into long term relationships, we become ‘comfortable’ with the so called ‘roles’ of each gender and to some degree (in my opinion anyway)… lose ourselves, our passion, a degree of our confidence and mostly our belief in our amazing capabilities and ourselves in general.
I don't know about you - but on my planet - I literally have a backing track for every single passing moment in my life. It has been this way for as long as I can remember. I have wonderful childhood memories of table dancing on Saturday afternoons whilst accompanying my mom to the live jazz sessions at the Heidelberg in Obs. - I think I even got a 20c tip once. haha!
A few years ago I asked my little boy what the most important thing to him in the whole wide world was. His reply - His teddies. He had no sooner announced their great importance to me when he rushed off to fetch all of them. On his return, he seated each and every teddy on the bed and began explaining to me why each one was important to him.
Yes, well, we have all been there haven’t we ladies… I am definitely an advocate for “live and let live” – or – “accept others so you too will be accepted” but seriously, I have managed to pick up some PRIME strays in my lifetime!
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